Fri Feb, 20 2009
Take HIm Down
"Steven Hayne and Michael West, forensic examiners for the state of Mississippi and beyond, have been the subject of alarm and criticism for close to two decades. No man has gone after the deadly duo with more tenacity than Reason's Radley Balko. His sleuthing has turned up a sheaf of damaging information over time, producing an ugly picture of two incredibly shoddy, corner-cutting, defendant-framing good ol' boys whose 'expert' testimony was anything but.Rogier van Bakel high-fives The Agitator, who has been dogging the impossible Haynes' bones for a long time now. The latter should long have been mouldering in the bag, but the Day of the Bite could be drawing nigh upon them, one might hope now & then.
Today, Radley produced a piece of evidence so damning that I can only imagine it must end at least West's forensic career, and possibly Hayne's too.
If the wheels of justice work at all, it should also bring about a thorough review of scores of murder cases that most likely ended in wrongful convictions."